Spyro returns with Skylanders

Activision reviving purple dragon platformer series for consoles, PC, and portable devices via Toys for Bob; Skylanders Spyro's Adventures release pegged for fall 2011.

The latest Spyro title--The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon--was released in 2008 to cold reception. The series has been dormant since then, but Activision has now awoken the dragon from its slumber.

Spyro's new look. Image credit: USA Today.

The megapublisher today announced Skylanders Spyro's Adventures. From Novato, California-based developer Toys for Bob, the game will debut for consoles, PC, and handheld devices during fall 2011. The title will cast players as the "Portal Master," a character who controls the game's dozens of cast members.

The game boasts connectivity with real-world toys based on the Spyro universe. In Spyro's Adventures, players will be able to place all of the line's 31 action figures--who have distinct special abilities--on a "portal" and have characters appear in game.

According to a USA Today report, pricing for individual toys for the game has not been determined, but the core game will be available in a $70 version starter pack. This bundle includes the game, three toys, a portal, and trading cards.

To create Skylanders Spyro's Adventures, Activision sought out Hollywood talent, according to USA Today's report. Shrek character designer Tom Hester, Toy Story writers Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen, and Inception composer Hans Zimmer are all attached to the project.

For more on the previous entry in the Spyro series, check out GameSpot's review of The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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195 comments
Scorchstar
Scorchstar

First Crash Bandicoot, Now Spyro. Universal Interactive cannot make up their minds...

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

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KingBoo112
KingBoo112

PLEASE BRING OUR OLD SPYRO BACK FOREVER!!!!!!!! :'(

GuillermoJP
GuillermoJP

insomniac is the best developers for spyro. no contest.

PSYCLOWN185
PSYCLOWN185

i hate activision already and this will just make my hate stronger. he looks more like a gargoyle than a dragon.

Ornjlightning
Ornjlightning

This is happening to to many franchises. Devil May Cry, Crash, Sonic, Mega Man, I've heard Soul Calibur went down too... He looks like... I don't even know what he looks like.

sapphire24
sapphire24

Insomniac never owned the rights to Spyro, guys. They only developed the first three Spyro games. Universal Interactive did in fact own the rights to Spyro, and they were later called Vivendi Games, and are now merged with Activision. I don't see why fans keep missing this fact. -_-

Tomic2505
Tomic2505

THE BIGGEST MISTAKE OF CHANGING SPYRO'S FACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rasigar_dragon2
rasigar_dragon2

..... Whaat happened to the cartoony spyro?! Isomniac get back into the cockpit and help spyro!

AlphaCommando
AlphaCommando

Give it back to Insomniac, take it away from Activision, you've got a sale.

hochstreck
hochstreck

Turning a cute, lighthearted dragon into a even more cliched badass "weapon of mass destruction" with a girlfriend. How original. Often hollywood-people make me puke and people attracted to this kind of formulaic, spine- and soulless crap, too. Some people would even turn sesam street into a game with gritty voices, 400-pound musclemen, guts flying everywhere, tree-sized hand-weaponry - just to earn a buck.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Oh yeah a new Spyro game since Dawn of the Dragon

Fred5107
Fred5107

This is the same mistake Naughty Dog made with Crash Bandicoot.

tyco_ex
tyco_ex

Fail. Why does it feel like Activision is determined to ruin every good franchise it can get it's hands on?

macca366
macca366

Goodnight.. sweet prince

sambino11
sambino11

changing the look of spyro was really a bad move. i liked the origional. i would play it all the time, but i dont see that happening this time.

Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

Dont like the new look, the original 3 were so classic on the PS, shame they're just milking the franchise...

Cyb0rg360
Cyb0rg360

Love the gritty announcers voice. . . *eye roll* LoTR Spyro? What happened to the cartoony enemies and the light hearted nature of the originals??

Otulissa
Otulissa

Then add the price for each toy....

Synate
Synate

Ok So i Revoke Some Of My Comments. I Still Dont Like Spyros Look BUUUUUT. The ONLY GOOOD THINGS I REALLY SEE Is Its Cross Platforming. I Have To Admit That Is Impressive. Buts $70.00 Is Still Much.

Synate
Synate

Gees I Am Not Beleaving What They Did To Our Spyro. Hes Sooo Friggin Mutated Looking. He Dont Look Like Spyro At All. You Gotta Be Kidding Me. Surely This Aint Our Cute Lil Spyro MUtated To Some STrange Weird Looking Creature. And Possibly $70.00 For A Starter Game. Thats Friggin Prize Gouging. Dude. No Game Is Wourth That Much. I Mean Im A Loyal Spyro Fan But I Dont See Myself Spending So Much On A Mere Starter Game. I Find That Unbleleavable. Though In All Honasty And Truth I seen This Coming. SInce Activision made SOOOOOO Friggin Much Of The Legend Of Spyro Trilogy. I Guess They Seen This As A New way To make Even More Money. This Is Sad Very Sad. Surely We Wil See Our Ole Spyro From The L.O.S. Or Some The Orginal. Not This. This Is Unbleavable. Honastly Was Hoping After All This Time They Would Improve The Game Not Destroy It. Im Sooo....... Shocked. Some One Tell Me. Is There Any Hope For Spyro?

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Looks like Spyro charged face first into one too many cliffs.

darwin356
darwin356

WTH did they do to you SPYRO! tsk2x

Kid_Black_Star
Kid_Black_Star

Insomaic GET BACK INTO THE SPYRO PROJECT AND SHOW EM HOW IT'S DONE!

Valt-Dweller
Valt-Dweller

I remember waking up early and staying up late getting me some Riptos Rage, on my PS1. I loved that dragon. Then I played Hunters Tail, and threw my copy into the lake, and now that I see this i'm probably going to hold a Dawn of the Dragon burning.

Shunoros
Shunoros

Spyro? Spyro? ... SPYROOOOO

lukec221
lukec221

Spyro is no longer the gentle creature we once knew and loved

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

wow Looks epic.............. I hope we get to see it get good reviews.....

Bad_Wobot
Bad_Wobot

What is it with "make overs" these days!? This isn't as bad as Dante but still looks wrong and odd...

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

This is terrible.... this franchise doesn't deserve this. Future foretold: Skylanders will be discontinued after this fails to turn a huge profit. Those jobs are as good as gone :( If we're lucky, Activision will sell the rights to someone who can actually do this series justice.

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

my little brother wont like this they ruined crash for him now spyro lol hee will go mad but for reall activi$ion sucks

Masenkoe
Masenkoe

WHAT DID THEY DO TO HIM??

kyacat
kyacat

Oh snap they totally ruin Spyro who once was a cute little dragon and now he looks like he all juice up on botox

kickblocker
kickblocker

finally reviving this series, i used to love it. but dont like the new look and dont like the fact we need to buy toys to play the game. just a way to get more money

Flint247
Flint247

Noooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! D:

yaba
yaba

about time

jamesm7786
jamesm7786

What's up with needing some dumb toys for gameplay?

DragonRift
DragonRift

What the hell?! It's like Spyro had sex with a pug, and that's what ended up coming out. D: Put this franchise back in Insomniac's hands, goddammit!

ryuu-drako
ryuu-drako

meh, doesnt look as fun as my all time favorite ps1 versions. spyro now looks like he went through a blender THEN got ran over by a car.

sapphire24
sapphire24

Despite Spyro's design, I'll try this game out instead of "judging the book by its cover", then decide myself if I like it or not. I'm actually looking forward to playing this game to see if there any similarities to the other Spyro games before it..

Aravesque
Aravesque

Spyro of Duty people, Warning. You're gonna buy the same game each year.

zaibutzu
zaibutzu

Spyro looks like gollum. He's been wearing the ring for years. Must've found the ring after year of the dragon

FlameRiser
FlameRiser

they ruined this franchise the ps 1 games were so good Activision is so greeedy

johnnyjh89
johnnyjh89

Please give this franchise back to Insomniac. What the hell have they done to my favorite childhood game?

rilidoo
rilidoo

@sapphire24  actually insomniac did universal just made the awful sequels after insomniac sold it to activision